Tug of War: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect "Modern" Riding Ne... (Hardcover)

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    Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is a veterinarian with a research interest in the training of horses in equestrian sports.
    German rider and equine veterinarian Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is well-known in dressage circles—admired for his plain speaking regarding what he deems the incorrect and damaging training methods commonly employed by riders and trainers involved in competition today. Here, he presents an intelligent and thought-provoking exploration of both classical and "modern" training methods, including "hyperflexion" (also known as Rollkur), against a practical backdrop of the horse's basic anatomy and physiology. In a detailed yet comprehensible fashion, Dr. Heuschmann describes parts of the horse's body that need to be correctly developed by the dressage rider. He then examines how they function both individually and within an anatomical system, and how various schooling techniques affect these parts for the good, or for the bad. Using vivid color illustrations of the horse's skeletal system, ligaments, and musculature, in addition to comparative photos depicting "correct" versus "incorrect" movement—and most importantly, photos of damaging schooling methods—Dr. Heuschmann convincingly argues that the horse's body tells us whether our riding is truly gymnasticizing and "building the horse up," or simply wearing it down and tearing it apart. He then outlines his ideal "physiological education" of the horse. Training should mirror the mental and physical development of the horse, fulfilling "classical" requirements—such as regularity of the three basic gaits, suppleness, and acceptance of the bit—rather than disregarding time-tested values for quick fixes that could lead to the degradation of the horse's well-being. Dr. Heuschmann's assertion that the true objectives of dressage schooling must never be eclipsed by simple "mechanical perfection" is certain to inspire riders at all levels to examine their riding, their riding goals, and the techniques they employ while pursuing them.


    ISBN 9781570763755
    Genre SPORTS & RECREATION / Equestrian
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 143
    Publisher Date 2007-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Trafalgar Square Pub
    Copyright Year 2007
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.25 lb
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 7.0 in
    Language English
    Subtitle Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect "Modern" Riding Negatively Affects Horses' Health
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Heuschmann, Gerd
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Tug of War
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      Super explanation of "WHY" and "HOW"...not just an opinion.

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    • Tug of War - Classical vs. Modern Dressage
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      This is a very good book if you are concerned about the 'proper' or best way to train a horse for the horse. It has excellent pictures depicting the difference in movements based on "artificially induced" or "modern" training methods and the classical, European methods where the horse performs naturally and without tension. Does not go into as much detail as I would like as far as "HOW TO" but does a good job of explaining anatomical effect and visually depicting the difference between the right and wrong RESULTS. Need to combine this book with a good classical dressage instructor and it will become much more meaningful.

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